Pinot Gris Classic 2016

Famille Hugel


“Classic” Pinot Gris is one of the Hugel family secrets first released with the fabulous 2006 vintage.

This new release is from a drastic selection of the best grapes purchased from winegrowers under long-term contract in a dozen of the most favored localities in and around the village of Riquewihr and includes an sizable amount of grapes declassified from some Grand Cru vineyards of the Hugel estate.

The hand picked grapes were taken intact to the presses, filled by gravity, the must decanted for a few hours, then fermented in temperature-controlled vats with natural yeasts. The wine is the purest expression of the grapes, with a very natural and non-intervention vinification.

From The Wine Advocate “New is the Classic (former Hugel) range that represents “the essence of the pure, dry Famille Hugel style” and now includes Muscat and Pinot Gris, along with all the other noble grapes. The grapes of the Classic range are predominantly purchased but obligatory hand-picked from vineyards with clay-limestone soils in Riquewihr and neighbouring villages, and give classic gastronomic wines with a dry expression.”

Additional Information

Rich and full but still dry. The most discreet of all varieties in primary aromas, it enjoys the best aging potential. The bouquet is soft and supple, intense, characteristically open and expressive, with fully ripe fruit notes, apricot, greengage, licorice, a touch of buttery brioche, sesame seed, pistachio and fresh hazelnut. The wine fills the mouth and is well constructed, suave, velvety, soft and almost juicy, with a nice long aromatic finish.

Technical Details

  • Appellation: Alsace
  • Winemaker: Marc Hugel
  • Sustainability: Sustainable Practices
  • Soil: Lias clay-marl
  • Avg Vine Age: 35 years
  • Yield: 28 hl/ha
  • Alcohol: 13%
  • Ttl Acidity: 6.32 g/l
  • Residual Sugar: 6.9 g/l
  • Sizes Available: 750ml
  • Pack Size: 12/750ml
  • Varietals: 100% Pinot Gris

Recent Press

  • Score: 90 Points

    Wine Spectator Author: Alison Napjus
    Date: Monday, December 31, 2018
    "Lithe and juicy, this well-balanced Pinot Gris is backed by sleek acidity that focuses the flavors of melon, pickled ginger, star fruit and mineral. Clean-cut finish. Drink now through 2023. 2,500 cases made."

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